Back in April of this year, the UFC made its long-anticipated Ontario debut in front of a record setting crowd of 55,000 screaming fans.
And as it turns out, the standard with any UFC event held outside of the United States is that they are solely responsible for administering all PED (and illegal street drug) testing to its athletes.
According to reports, the UFC used an “unnamed independent laboratory” (why the secrecy? Even the Canadian Football League makes a point to say that they use “a WADA accredited lab,” which is synonymous with Olympic-style testing), and the good news came back this week that all of the athletes in the UFC tested as clean as can be.
Even the controversial and highly suspicious, Rory MacDonald passed his drug test.
Too bad it doesn’t mean anything though.
And no, the Chris Leben argument means nothing to me.
Sacrificial Lamb: A metaphorical reference to a person sacrificed (killed or discounted in some way) for the common good.
A few days after the UFC 129 event, I sent the following question to a member of the Ontario Ministry:
“Do you know who I would speak with regarding the policy and procedure in Ontario for PED testing in MMA athletes?”
This was the response that I immediately received back:
“As for your question, here is the response I received from the Ministry of Consumer Services’ spokesperson, Richard Hustwick:
“… drug testing is not required for any of the sports regulated under the Athletics Control Act (professional boxing, kickboxing and mixed martial arts). While drug testing is not mandatory, the Athletics Commissioner has oversight responsibilities if a drug test is required by a contract between a promoter and a fighter.
“He then cited this part of the Athletics Control Act, O. Reg. 52:
“17.1 If a contract between a participant in a professional contest or exhibition and the person holding the contest or exhibition requires the participant to undergo a drug test on the day of the contest or exhibition, the Commissioner shall, on request, oversee the administering of the test and the person holding the contest or exhibition shall pay for the costs of administering the test. O. Reg. 465/10, s. 16.”
So with PED testing considered discretionary in Ontario, does that mean that all UFC fighters have it written in their contracts that they need to subject themselves to testing no matter what or where they are performing?
I’m not entirely sure, but given the way that Dana White is always complaining about the U.S. Government and their unwelcomed involvement with the testing of UFC athletes, I would have to think, no.
Therefore, the Athletics Commissioner in Ontario had no real responsibility to oversee any of the testing of UFC athletes.
My question is—how reliable can it be when the UFC tests its own fighters, and why do we even care if the UFC tests its own athletes or not in the first place, if we’re all just so willing to accept the self-administered and unsupervised test results anyway?
Seems like a pretty big waste of everyone’s time if you ask me.
And no, I don’t trust the results.
In this day and age, I think most people would agree that the majority of testing systems are completely ineffective to say the least.
Read: Tiger-Cats Matechuk Arrested for Steroids: Major Holes in CFL Drug Testing Evident? to see why the Olympic-style drug testing might not even be good enough.
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